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Redskins give 1987 replacement players overdue recognition

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Redskins give 1987 replacement players overdue recognition

They helped the Redskins win Super Bowl XXII 30 years ago. Today, they finally got some formal recognition for their efforts. 

The 1987 replacement Redskins, who came in and played while the players were on strike, went 3-0. They did their jobs succeeding in, as then-assistant general manager Charley Casserly said, “holding down the fort” until the strike ended and the regulars returned.

The replacement players did get to share in the money that came with the team winning the Super Bowl. But the team was reluctant to give them much recognition for their contribution to the championship, in part because of fear of riling the regular players, who were not happy with players crossing the picket lines. The players ended up losing four paychecks. 

But time heals all wounds. Casserly told the story of defensive tackle Darryl Grant punching the windows of the bus that brought the replacements into Redskins Park so hard that he broke the glass. But Grant recently endorsed recognizing the replacement players with rings. And at the end of the ceremony, quarterback Doug Williams, wide receiver Gary Clark, and defensive end Dexter Manley took the stage and posed for a group picture with the players being honored. 

Safety and defensive captain Skip Lane, who had been with seven different pro football teams before the Redskins called to have him come in to help, said that the money they got was long gone, making the ring something special. 

“It’s validation,” he said of getting the ring. “Because we’d been called scabs our whole life. The Redskins wanted nothing to do with us because they did not want to attach their great Super Bowl to us. But as time went by, they realized what a real part we were. And even these guys, Dexter and Doug, were behind us getting rings.

“It’s a great feeling because in your heart you knew that you were a part of it, but you never were really accepted into the organization and this kind of does.”

Tony Robinson is a former Tennessee quarterback who was serving time in prison until the Redskins made him their backup signal caller on the replacement team. He didn’t play a snap until starter Ed Rubbert was injured early in the game against Dallas. The rest is legend as the replacement team, with no regular players having crossed the picket line, beat a Dallas team that had multiple regular players in the game including Hall of Fame players in running back Tony Dorsett and defensive tackle Randy White. 

Robinson said that he was not nervous at all as he went on the field at Texas Stadium. But he was quite pumped up as he went up to claim his Super Bowl ring. 

“My heart was pounding, man,” he said. “It’s unbelievable.”

More 2018 Redskins

- Minicamp: Minicamp preview
- Looking ahead: 2019 NFL mock draft
- The draft: Guice has caught the eye of Alex Smith

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, and follow him on Twitter  @TandlerNBCS and on Instagram @RichTandler


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Redskins vs. Jets Preseason Week 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

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Redskins vs. Jets Preseason Week 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

After a fight-filled start to joint practices between the Redskins and Jets, the Skins' 2018 NFL preseason schedule continues Thursday night at Fed Ex Field against New York. 

Week 2 of the NFL preseason still doesn't provide a lot of answers to questions about team performance, but it begins to reveal the depth the Redskins could have this season.

One storyline that won't be taking place, is the return of former Redskin Terrelle Pryor, who told reporters after Monday's practice he won't be playing in the game.

The Redskins have bigger things to worry about though, like who will replace rookie Derrius Guice, who's now out for the year with a torn ACL.

The Redskins also have one less name in the fight for receiver depth as well, after Robert Davis suffered a season-ending leg injury as well. 

Ahead of Thursday's preseason matchup, here's everything you need to know to watch.


Who: Washington Redskins vs. New York Jets

What: Game 2 of the 2018 NFL Preseason

When: Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, 8:00 p.m. ET

Where: Fed Ex Field, Landover, MD

TV Channel: ESPN

Live Stream: Watch ESPN

Radio: Redskins Radio Network

Point Spread: Washington, -3

Over/Under: 39.5

Weather: 90 degrees, partly cloudy


5:00 PM: Redskins 100
5:30 PM: Redskins Nation
6:00 PM: Best of the Sports Junkies
7:00 PM: Redskins Kickoff Live


Week 1: Thurs., 8/9, vs. New England Patriots, 7:30 p.m. (L, 26-17)

Week 2: Thurs., 8/16, vs. New York Jets, 8:00 p.m. (ESPN)

Week 3: Fri., 8/24, vs. Denver Broncos, 7:30 p.m. 

Week 4: Thurs., 8/30, vs. Baltimore Ravens, 7:30 p.m. 



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There are quite a few things that are wrong with this Terrelle Pryor statement

There are quite a few things that are wrong with this Terrelle Pryor statement

After pulling off a tremendous half-spin move when DJ Swearinger got in his face at Richmond, Terrelle Pryor released a statement on Twitter about the confrontation.

The fact that he felt the need to release the statement in the first place was a strange decision. That strangeness is absolutely overshadowed by how weird the statement itself is, though.

First, let's read it. Then, when you're done reading it — and trying to figure out who thought this was the right thing to do (which may take you a few minutes, so don't rush) — let's go over what makes it so bizarre.

Here's the message, which came out Wednesday night:

Now, here's what stands out...

The hashtags

They get worse and worse as you read them.

#headturn? #FlinchNRunGang? #SillyGuy?

SILLY GUY?!?!?!?

It's one thing to try and laugh at yourself when something embarrassing happens to you. It's another thing to start the #FlinchNRunGang, which is a one-member gang and will forever remain a one-member gang.

The message

Getting into a scrap with DJ Swearinger seems like it'd be a putrid life decision, so while the way he did it will never be forgotten, it was in all likelihood a smart choice not to square up.

With that being said, claiming he didn't do so because he wanted to be a "positive role model for the kids who came to training camp to watch us" is as outlandish as it gets. After all, he said earlier in August that cheapshots by the 'Skins would be handled "accordingly," which isn't very role model-ish!

Pryor's three paragraphs make you cringe after the first reading. After the fourth, they'll make you want to deactivate your Twitter account so you don't have to read them again.

The irony

The overall message is odd, but the last part of it is so ironic it deserves its own subheading in this blog.

"I will continue to work hard and lead by example by not making it about me and keeping the focus on the Jets organization," Pryor writes.

Well, as everyone knows, the best way to end a storyline and direct the focus back onto your franchise is release a statement that literally no one asked for. (That was sarcastic.) (That's actually not the best way to end a storyline and direct the focus back onto your franchise.)

The battery level

You can see in the upper right corner of the wideout's Notes app that his phone nearly died before he plugged it into his charger.

That's a shame, really, because if it did hit zero-percent, maybe he would've had more time to ponder his situation and come to the conclusion that keeping this all in his drafts folder was the correct play. 

On the other hand, though, he wouldn't have become the first person in the history of the Internet to publicly use #FlinchNRunGang in hashtag-form, so at least he has that going for him.